Recreational Therapy Awareness


Our very own Shaun Geise was interviewed recently and the article was published in Greater Fort Wayne’ Business Weekly!

Shaun is our Coordinator of Therapy Services and addresses needs in the industry for recreational therapy. For those that may not know, Recreational Therapy is a service designed to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in everyday activities. This can be anything from relearning how to grasp an object to knowing the social aspects and interaction of a game with others.

Recreational Therapy is growing so fast that hiring the professionals to service this has become an issue. Which is why people like Shaun want to urge universities and young professionals to take a look at the growing need.

Find out more be reading the article: https://www.fwbusiness.com/fwbusiness/article_a561ae8f-dd46-59b3-9680-cedf1583e82c.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share


Mary Poppins Photos


We would like to thank everyone who attended our third annual musical adaptation. This year we had 18 consumers perform a variety of songs from Disney's Mary Poppins. We are so proud of their accomplishment and the hard work that each one did in learning the music and in some cases dances. Songs included The Perfect Nanny, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Supercalifragulisticexpialidocious, Stay Awake, I Love to Laugh, Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time, and Let's Go Fly a Kite.

If you would like to see the photo album from our performance please visit our Facebook page by clicking here :Mary Poppins Photo Album


2014 disAbilities Expo Summary


The 5th annual disAbilities Expo was held on May 10, 2014 at the War Memorial Coliseum. This year there were over 90 exhibitors making this the one-stop resource event for individuals with disabilities. Throughout the day providers were available to answer questions regarding their services and products while fun and entertaining events took place throughout the hall.


Thank you to all of our music and recreation therapist and behavior consultants who assisted with this years Expo. Throughout the day various local, regional, and national companies representing a variety of serves and products were on hand to answer questions related to resources to enhance ones quality of life. Several events occurred in the Sports Center which included the Turnstone Flyers Wheelchair Basketball and Power Soccer. On the main stage the Jesters performed an excerpt from an original work "Horse Tales." Additional albums from the Expo events which have been posted on FBS page include Zot Artz, Dazzlers Cheerleading, Handicap This!, and Premiere Dance Performances

An accomplished artist, Dwayne has combined his passion for arts, mechanics, and disabilities to make art accessible to everyone. Zot Artz started in 1990 with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Zot Artz provides a unique way for individuals with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in the " painting wheelchair" along with many other adaptive tools.


Winners of the 2014 U.S. Finals Special Needs Division, the Whitley County Dazzlers (Columbia City) return to the disabilities Expo with their award-winning routine.


Changing the way you think about disabilities is at the heart of Mike Berkson and Tim Wamback's work. Mike, born with cerebral palsy, is smart quick witted and wise beyond is 20-somethign years. Tim meet Mike when he became his aide more than 10 years ago and the two have been together ever since. In 2010 Handicap This! stage performance was born which chronicles Mike and Tim's friendship.


The Soul Brothers and Souls Sisters performed at this years disAbilities Expo.



disAbilities Expo 2014


The AWS Foundation is hosting the 5th annual disAbilities Expo on Saturday, May 10 from 10am - 4pm. Not only will you find plentiful resources at the Expo, you'll also enjoy the talents of individuals with many exceptional abilities.

  • University of Saint Francis Jesters performing a rendition of their 2014 performance "Horse Tales" along with an interactive percussion circle.
  • Whitley County Dazzlers Cheerleaders, who for the second consecutive year won the Cheer Ltd. Special Needs Nationals.
  • The Soul Brothers and Soul Sisters from Premiere Dance Company literally show off their dancing talents in highly entertaining performances to the music of Jailhouse Rock and Let's Dance.
  • Turnstone Flyers adaptive sports exhibitions and games - wheelchair basketball, power soccer and a new adaptive golf cart.
  • Special guests - Dwayne Szot, founder of Zot Artz for special needs artists, and Handicap This! A comedy duo whose humor about disabilities will surely surprise you.
The event will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
We hope to see you there!


Your Invited to Mary Poppins


On May 16, 2014 FBS will be hosting their 3rd annual musical adaptation of Mary Poppins. In order to account for the number of consumers who would like to participate in the performance there will be two shows. All of our individuals have been working extremely hard to learn the lyrics and in some cases dances to the different songs. Signed interpretation will be available to those with hearing impairments.

May 16, 2014

When: Concert A 5:15pm Concert B 7pm

Where: Peace United Church of Christ

9123 Aboite Center Rd

Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Admission for both performances is free but donations for this years DSANI Buddy walk and Autism Acceptance Walk will be accepted. We hop to see you there!


2013 Fort Wayne Walks


We would like to thank all of our therapists, behavior consultants, intern, family members, and clients who participated in this years walk. In August several of our therapist helped to raise money for Special Olympics in Indiana by participating in the Color Me Rad 5K. Therapists Cristin O'Brien (Team Captain), Amanda Umphres, Karen Bauthier, Bryan Zimmerman, and Ethan Pickett participated in this event.



In September FBS participated in this years Walk Now For Autism Speaks raising money and awareness for those with Autism. The event started out with a resource fair where areas providers could answer questions about their services and how they could help those with autism. FBS was part of the resource fair with the assistance of Ryan Wood, Frank Mikulski, Cristin O'Brien, Maurizio Emanuele, Kaitlin Clancey, Matthew Zelt, Heather Palmer, Shaun Geise, Ron Roeble, Sean Sumner, Amanda Umphres, Ethan Pickett, and Karen Bauthier. Following the resource fair was the walk in which Team Ferraro walked alongside with other teams to spread the word for Autism. The FBS walk team included Heather Palmer (Team Captain), Ron Roeble, Amber Tierney, Ethan Pickett, Heather Follis, Sean Sumner, Karen Bauthier, Amanda Umphres, Katilin Clancey, Delaney Raker, Jeff Stachera, John Swinehart, and Maurizio Emanuele.

In October despite the rain over 1,000 people turned up to participate in DSANI's 15th annual Buddy Walk. This year a resource fair was held which provided information on case management and other waiver services. Several local dance groups including the Souls Sisters, Soul Brothers, Mad Ants dancers, IFPW cheerleaders, and Jesters participated in the event. Heather Palmer volunteered to take pictures for DSANI and the entire Buddy Walk album can be found on DSANI and FBS Facebook pages. In addition FBS had their largest walk team to date which included Heather Palmer (Team Captain), Darah Jones, Molly Gladfelter, Kaitlin Clancey, Maurizio Emanuele, Anna Wamhoff, Rebecca Laminson, Amanda Umphres, Alex Hutchins, Heather Follis, Jake Newhard, Jillian Meyer, Lori Schweyer, Martha Winchell, and Delany Raker.

Photos from our events can be found on our Facebook Page. We are looking forward to next years walks!


Color Me Rad 5K



Ferraro Behavior Services has registered for Color Me Rad and you should too!

This 5K run will leave you looking like part of the rainbow for weeks to come. Part of the proceeds from this event will go towards Special Olympics in Indiana. If you would like to help with this event you may sign up as a runner or you can volunteer your services during the event and be part of the bomb squad team.

Here's your chance to join FBS for the ride of your sweet young life: FBS just signed up for Color Me Rad Fort Wayne on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in the 08:30 AM wave or any additional wave since this one is now full , and FBS WANT YOU IN on the colorful mayhem!

Join my team by going HERE and entering:

Register for Color Me Rad

Team Name: Ferraro Behavior Services, LLC

Captain's Last Name: O'Brien

When: August 24, 2013

Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

The color bombs start at 8am and go off every 5 minutes until the race has ended.

You'll thank me for it when you're still trying to get color out of your nostrils 2 weeks after the race.


Beauty and the Beast Photos

We would like to thank everyone who attend our second annual musical production. This year we had 32 consumers perform a variety of songs from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. We are so proud of their skills and accomplishments in learning the music in addition to creating some amazing costumes. They performed in front of a sold out show of over 250 people in addition to raising over $100 towards the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Walk in September and DSANI Buddy Walk in October.

Our clients had the opportunity to sing along with a live orchestra while experiencing live theater. We will continue to add photos to our blog. Due to the size of some of the photos they will have to be edited to shrink the size down in order to be viewed on the blog. Please check back if your child is not up yet as they will be added. Also we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions so that we can continue to make this the best experience possible for you and your loved. ones.

Thank you from the Music Therapists at Ferraro Behavior Services














Introduction to Working with Individuals with Autism Workshop


Information courtesy of IPFW

June 17 & 18 in Fort Wayne

Working with People with Autism Disorders

The diagnosis of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is at an all-time high throughout the U.S., including northeast Indiana. On June 17 and 18, IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) will host two workshops on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The first workshop will be focused on strategies and information for educators. The second will be focused on resources and information for the family, including Waivers and insurance and parent self care.

Introduction to Working with People with Autism Disorders

Educator Night

June 17

6:30 to 9:00 pm

IPFW Campus

Alumni Center

2101 E Coliseum Blvd

Fort Wayne, IN

Map: http://new.ipfw.edu/maps-directions/

Introduction to Working with People with Autism Disorders

Family & Caregiver Night

June 18

6:30 to 9:00 pm

IPFW Campus

Alumni Center

2101 E Coliseum Blvd

Fort Wayne, IN

Map: http://new.ipfw.edu/maps-directions/

Each workshop is $15, with a light dinner included. To register or for questions, contact Personal and Professional Development at LearnNow@ipfw.edu or 260-481-6619.


disAbilities Expo 2013


We would like to thank everyone who came out to the 4th annual disAbilities Expo on May 11 where there were nearly 100 exhibits to provide information and services for individuals with disabilities. Performances, fashion shows, and sporting events were hosted throughout the day showcasing area groups that focus on providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of events and experiences.


Special guest this year included Sam Schmidt (former Indy race car driver), Mark Wellman (adventure athlete and motivational speaker), AMP 1 (national team of amputees playing stand-up basket ball. In addition area mascots from our local Fort Wayne teams including the Fort Wayne Komets and Mad Ants. Premiere Dance's very own Soul Brothers and recently developed Soul Sisters dance group each performed throughout the day.


We would like to thank everyone for attending and we hope to see you next year at the 5th annual disAbilites expo